The CSU menâ€™s basketball team hosts the Western State Mountaineers on Saturday evening, in what will be their final tune-up before the regular season tips off on Nov. 13.
The Rams made quick work of Regis University in their first exhibition contest on Tuesday night, blowing out the Rangers by 40 points.
The Rams were impressive in their perimeter play, but neglected to move the ball inside with any consistency, as senior forward Andy Ogide scored just 5 points in the contest.
In 2009-10, Ogide averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 rebounds, making him the lone member of the Rams to qualify for the All-MWC team.
Head coach Tim Miles said after Tuesdayâ€™s win that heâ€™d like to see his team exhibit more balance moving forward.
â€œWe made shots and did some good things,â€ Miles said. â€œBut we need more of a post presence, and need to be careful of getting into a perimeter lapse.â€
Outstanding performances from sophomore guards Dorian Green, Wes Eikmeier and Jesse Carr has Miles entertaining the thought of putting all three on the court at once at times this season. The three combined for 40 of the teamâ€™s 88 points.
â€œThose three guys have really proven themselves over time,â€ Miles said. â€œThereâ€™s times you can play all three at the same time. Put yourself in a good position ball-handling wise. We havenâ€™t had that luxury now for a while.â€
The Mountaineers struggled to a 5-21 record a season ago, with an abysmal 2-17 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The team returns just one of its top five scorers from a year ago, junior guard Weylan Towns.
The Mountaineers are coming off a loss to the University of Northern Colorado on Monday night by a count of 93-61.
The Rams hope to tally a second convincing exhibition victory on Saturday. Coach Miles remembers a time not too long ago when exhibition matches were highly contested.
â€œEvery exhibition game we played (in the past) weâ€™ve won,â€ Miles said. â€œEvery other gameâ€™s been eight or nine points. Itâ€™s nice, but you canâ€™t let down.â€
The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. at Moby Arena.
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